The Easter Sepulchre

In the medieval mass the consecrated Holy Communion bread would be kept here. This significantfeature can also be seen at three other churches within 30 miles of
Heckington: Hawton near Newark, Navenby and Lincoln Cathedral.Two common features of all four are firstly, Roman guards resting orsleeping on their shields. Did the 14th century mason know what Romansoldiers looked like? Secondly, the three Marys visiting the tomb, asdescribed in the bible in St Mark’s Gospel. Such is the fame of this Easter
Sepulchre that in 1851 a replica was made for the Great Exhibition atLondon’s Crystal Palace. Opposite, on the south side of the sanctuarycontinuing this exuberance in the mason’s sculpturing is a most elaborate